So glad we found this forum and this thread about Cody. We saw the note that went out when he was first born and were praying that he'd find a home. What a warm story to read about for a change in this crazy world.
We are looking forward to learning about his progress and how things are going. Actually, I was hoping he'd be adopted somewhere close by us here in Oregon so we could become friends with him eventually. This forum is the next best thing. Best wishes
Our rescue is actually a dog/cat rescue that runs 100% on foster homes (we don't actively board dogs/cats at our vet, etc., or have a rescue facility yet), but since we have 3 horses in our family (not rescue horses), we were able to rescue Cody. The rescue has never taken in a horse before (only dogs/cats), but having a rescue and having experience with horses (blind horses too) made it easier for us to rescue him. Cody will not be at a boarding facility, but will actually end up at the horse property my family is purchasing.
Since Cody came into our rescue on a "sanctuary basis", he won't be up for adoption, so even if he can never be ridden, nobody will ever have to worry about that, as he is now guaranteed a happy and safe lifetime where he will be kept and accepted regardless of "what he can do".-- So in other words, for this very special case, our rescue would not have rescued a healthy horse simply because our rescue isn't a horse rescue per-say. So in a sense, it is actually better that we rescued him, versus a full-blown horse rescue, as now he won't be taking up the space/resources that full-blown horse rescue could be spending on other horses.
In a more general response to your concern, rescues do rescue both healthy and ill/injured animals because regardless of their situation, they need to be given a chance. It is not their fault they were allowed to get ill, injured, or were discarded like garbage from the human race.
I'm so glad you explained this so exquisitely. It's a wonderful thing you are doing with this little guy. Looking forward to your next update.
There are a bunch more pictures on Facebook (look up "Cody the Blind Horse") and also videos!!
"Today was a VERY big day for Cody! Not only did he get to wear his new fly mask, but he went on a "field trip" to the turnout with his mommy (only his second time!). Once we got past the unfamiliar new footing (a rubber stall mat to the brick/cement ground) we had to battle a small step down into the turnout. Once out of the stall, the new footing did not bother him one bit, but he had a little problem going up and down the small step."
"Cody took another trip to the turnout today! Getting him out of his stall was the hardest part (and worse than the last time), but once out on the cement/brick he was fine and he stepped down the step to the turnout with NO problems at all! He LOVED his turnout time today and seemed to have a blast exploring around and hanging out. I am anxious for when he is going to be able to be in a bigger spa...ce, so he can walk around more freely, like he did today. Coming out of his stall, we had to use a butt rope, but when taking him out of the turnout to almost inside his stall he led so well (with just a little "pushing" assistance from the hind end). He stepped up out of the turnout with no problem at all too! Unfortunately, he took one step forward and two steps back (if you will) and we ended up needing to push him a little more from the hind end back into his stall. We were so proud of the more-willing steps that he took though, and made him know what an awesome boy he was for doing that! A little while after returning to his stall, his neighbor foal started playing around and running all over her stall. Cody doesn't usually react to the noise of the other foal playing/running, but today he joined in and started trotting/cantering and being playful too! I was so glad to see him play, and wish I got more of it on tape! Pictures and videos to follow!"-- Videos are on Facebook.